Valpak, supported by WRAP, alongside other key stakeholders (including the Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP), Defra, the Environment Agency and British Glass) are working on a new project, which is investigating the glass packaging supply chain in the UK.
The key drivers for this project are to gain a better understanding of the volatility experienced in the market in 2012 and the potential impact of the introduction of split targets for glass. The targets mean that to achieve compliance in 2013 a minimum of 63 per cent of glass packaging recycling must come from remelt.
In addition, although compliance for glass was achieved in 2012, the surplus carry over of PRN/PERN evidence into 2013 was reduced to 16,700 tonnes compared to the 57,000 tonnes carried over into 2012 (at the end of 2011), which potentially makes reaching compliance in 2013 more difficult.
This analysis will also consider the quality of the glass collected for recycling, which affects the economics of using glass cullet in place of virgin materials from the viewpoint of glass container manufacturers.
The main objectives of the project are:
• To improve market transparency and information on glass packaging recovery and recycling in the UK
• To identify and evaluate possible risks to UK compliance for glass this year, and in subsequent years to 2017
• To develop scenarios to assess and quantify potential market supply/demand for increased glass recycling, including collection, sorting, processing and reprocessing.
The current status of the glass market will be quantified in terms of the tonnages flowing on to the market with estimates split by colour and by format, building an overall picture for the UK, and separately for Scotland and for Wales. The project will also look back at events in the glass market to gain a better understanding of the likely evolution of glass packaging PRN/PERNs (in terms of tonnages and prices).
The project is due to be complete mid-July 2013.